(photo of Steve Jobs at last September’s special event)
Steve Jobs posted a “letter”:http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2009/01/05sjletter.html for all to read and hopefully put the rumors of his bad health to rest. Ever since Apple posted that Phil Schiller will do this year’s Macworld Keynote address, many have decided to play “House”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_House and diagnose that Steve Jobs is not alright. This letter says it all clearly — Steve Jobs is fine and will be Apple CEO for as long as he is healthy.
Here is the full letter:
bq.. Letter from Apple CEO Steve Jobs
Dear Apple Community,
For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.
Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.
I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.
As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.
Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause–a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.
The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.
I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.
So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.
p. A consummate performer like Steve, will always wants to leave the best for last, like with his famous “One More Thing” in most of his keynotes. He took his time, letting all the pundits and bloggers speculate all they want, and then right before the final Macworld appearance by Apple, he comes up with this letter to stop all speculations. Like his “Boom”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8L39UwOS-Y that he sprinkles throughout his keynote addresses, the letter goes right to the point and creates that impact.
At the same time, Apple’s Board also issued a “vote of confidence”:http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2009/01/05bod.html and is fully behind Steve Jobs to recover and continue leading the company.
Good news all round for Apple. Not surprisingly, “Apple stocks”:http://finance.google.com/finance?client=ob&q=NASDAQ:AAPL rose almost 4 percent since opening (US time).
Let’s all wait for the Phil show to start tomorrow.